Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Vietnam War protesters and police clashed here
The Madison Heritage Series
Groups demonstrated regularly on campus and State Street. Police sometimes responded with tear gas or even beatings. In 1967, radicals took control of the student movement, and vandalism of campus and State Street businesses became common. Many stores closed, moved or opened new locations to serve patrons afraid to come downtown. During the period of greatest unrest, the National Guard helped state and local police enforce curfews.
Following the deadly campus bombing of Sterling Hall in 1970, students began backing away from aggressive protests. Eventually the United States withdrew from Vietnam. And Madison police developed cooperative approaches to law enforcement, becoming a model for other cities.
Madisonís movement against the Vietnam War turned violent during a 1967 protest against Dow Chemical Company. Students objected to Dowís campus recruiting because the company manufactured napalm, an incendiary weapon used by the United States in the war. Madisonís unrest peaked in 1970. Four protesters bombed Sterling Hall, a University of Wisconsin building housing an army research lab, unintentionally
Erected 2006 by City of Madison.
Location. 43° 4.515′ N, 89° 23.57′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on State Street near West Gilman Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is in the Lisa Link Peace Park between State Street and West Gilman Street. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woman's Building (a few steps from this marker); The Temperance Movement Battled Madison's Breweries (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Braley House (about 400 feet away); Chi Phi Fraternity (about 600 feet away); Wootton - Mead House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grimm Book Bindery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Suhr House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chi Psi Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
More about this marker. This marker is part of the The Madison Heritage Series, Sharing Our Legacy, created for Madisonís sesquicentennial. The marker was sponsored by the Madison Community Foundation.
Also see . . .
1. Reform and Revolt. A related University of Wisconsin (Submitted on July 14, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
2. 40 years later, FBI still looking for suspected terrorist Leo Burt. A Wisconsin State Journal article by Ron Seely and Deborah Ziff, published July 21, 2010. (Submitted on July 22, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
Categories. • Education • Politics • War, Vietnam •
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